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West Virginia without starting DB for Orange Bowl

Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: December 22, 2011 11:55 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

West Virginia faces arguably one of their toughest defensive assignments of the season with the high-powered Clemson Tigers awaiting them in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4. Locking down wide receivers like DeAndre Hopkins and ACC Freshman of the Year Sammy Watkins will be much more difficult for Jeff Casteel's unit without junior safety Terence Garvin.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen said Wednesday that Garvin, the Mountaineers third-leading tackler in 2011, underwent season-ending knee surgery to repair an injury he suffered on Dec. 1 in the 30-27 win at South Florida. Garvin suffered damaged cartilage in his knee, and is expected to miss spring practice as well while undergoing the six-month rehabilitation process.

The responsibility of replacing Garvin - who recorded 72 tackles, 3.5 sacks, an interception and an additional pick-six in 11 games of action - will likely redshirt freshman Wes Tonkery, along with Shaw Petteway and Matt Moro. Holgorsen has not made any decisions at this time, and states the starting position is "up for grabs."

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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:14 am

West Virginia without starting DB for Orange Bowl

I fully expect a bunch of scoring in this game. Both offenses , when playing well , have been among the best in the country. The defenses are not much to speak of , although I believe Clemson is a little bit more athletically talented. If our running game shows up , Tigers should win by 10 or more. If our offense stutters like we did against NC State and the Coots..then we will have to wait til next year on an 11 win season. I like our chances with our offensive line finally at 100% , Clemson 37 WVa 27

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